Miriam Pemberton

Miriam Pemberton is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. She co-chairs the Task Force on a Unified Security Budget with Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 9:45am
Here’s What a Budget That Prioritizes Peace Looks Like
The Obama administration’s budget proposal for 2017 would jack up military spending higher than it’s been since World War II. The Republican leadership in Congress wants to jack it up higher than that. Fortunately, these aren’t our only choices. The Congressional Progressive Caucus has mapped out a...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 2:00pm
6 Reasons Not to Reboot the Cold War
The Pentagon budget the Obama administration unveiled this week calls for quadrupling spending on efforts to counter Russia. The money would move more troops, tanks, and artillery into position near the Russia border. This last Obama budget would also fund another installment in a $1 trillion and...
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 9:15am
The Pentagon Budget Is Bigger Than It’s Ever Been
Here’s a quiz: Your boss gives you a budget. You ignore it and ask for more money than anyone in your position has ever spent. How long would you expect to keep your job? That’s basically the scenario that played out with the Obama administration’s recent budget request for the Pentagon. The $ 534-...
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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 12:30pm
What the US Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse
After months of whispered warnings, Russia’s economic troubles made global headlines when its currency collapsed halfway through December. Amid the tumbling price of oil, the ruble has fallen to record lows , bringing the country to its most serious economic crisis since the late 1990s. Topping...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:30am
Combat vs. The Climate: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared
As the U.S. debates the President’s plan for new military engagement, hundreds of thousands converged on New York to urge the world’s nations to take stronger action against the threat of climate change. A new report connects these two issues, and finds that the gap between U.S. spending on...
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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 8:46am
The Budget Wars: The Congressional Progressive Caucus is Ready for Paul Ryan
Though the champions of Fix the Debt are now on the run , proponents of the grim-and-tired “We’re broke, we can’t afford it” line of argument continue to throw their weight around our federal budget debates.
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Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:30am
Demilitarizing the Economy: A Movement is Underway
End wars. Shrink the Pentagon budget. Reinvest the savings in neglected domestic priorities. It’s a logical progression. Right?
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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 9:44am
Beating Swords Into Solar Panels
A trillion dollars. It's a lot of money. In a year it could send 127 million college students to school, provide health insurance for 206 million people, or pay the salaries of seven million schoolteachers and seven million police officers. A trillion dollars could do a lot of good. It could transform or save a lot of lives. Now, imagine doubling
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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 12:30pm
Sequestration Broadly Is Terrible Policy, But Our Military is Overdue for Downsizing
This strange animal called sequestration is certainly wreaking havoc with our customary ideological boundaries.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 3:02pm
Defense Budget: Ripe for Reductions
Here we are on brink of a major historical moment. We're beginning to wind down the longest period of war in our history. And we're about to turn around a 13-year-long surge in Pentagon spending.
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